Didn’t I say , it is coming. It is official that the compulsory service for Pharmacist will be reduced from 4 years to 2 years ( including housemanship). This was announced today by MOH. If I am not mistaken, the compulsory service for pharmacist was introduced in 2004 due to shortage of pharmacist in the government sector. In just 6 years, they have reduced it back. It was reported in Bernama that 90% of the post in government sector has been filled!! I know pharmacist are now functioning as dispensers in many government hospitals and some klinik kesihatans have 2 pharmacist!
So, the government is now allowing them to resign earlier to enter private market. Another knee jerk reaction for poor planning! Unfortunately the private market is not that great either. Most private hospitals only need 1-2 pharmacist to run the show. Same goes to the retail outlets. So where are these pharmacist going to go? Is this the prelude to stopping dispensing rights to GPs? Once there are a lot of jobless pharmacist out there, the government may just stop allowing doctors to dispense medications and insist on GP clinics to hire pharmacist. Well, doctors are next in line……….. I am already hearing rumours of compulsory service being scraped for doctors.
Pharmacists’ three-year stint with Govt reduced to one
KUALA LUMPUR: The requirement for pharmacists to serve a mandatory three years with government hospitals after they graduate has been reduced to a year.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the cabinet had approved the decision in early September. It will take effect immediately.
However, he said, the one-year training before the compulsory service would still be maintained